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Universal pulls Pacific Rim 2 from schedule, fills it with Pitch Perfect 3

09.29.2015

Earlier this afternoon Guillermo Del Toro once again reiterated that his sequel to PACIFIC RIM has not been cancelled, but merely postponed. That postponement became very real today as Universal Pictures announced that they have removed PACIFIC RIM 2 from their release calendar. The sequel was previously occupying August 4, 2017, but Universal was quick to fill the date with PITCH PERFECT 3.

Despite this news, Universal still claims to remain committed to producing a PACIFIC RIM sequel and said as much in a statement released today:

Legendary and Universal Pictures are committed to having Pacific Rim 2, the sequel to 2013’s Pacific Rim, which generated more $411 million at the global box office, be the vanguard, fully-immersive experience that the franchise deserves. To this end, the decision was made to delay the production and release of Pacific Rim 2 so that the creative team can continue in its efforts to exceed the amazing experience of the first film.

While Guillermo Del Toro waits for Universal to give the okay, he has said that he will be working on a "small, independently financed movie that he is keeping under tight wraps." As we've already become quite accustomed to Guillermo Del Toro projects encountering delays or outright cancellations, I wish I could say that I was surprised by this news. What do you folks think, will the sequel actually happen or are we in for another year or two of "no, no, it's still happening" from Del Toro and the studio?

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6:09PM on 09/30/2015
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4:33PM on 09/30/2015

In other words,

"We're delaying sequel to a movie with a cult audience and replacing with a sequel to a flick that made major bank at the box office."

I'd like to see a PACIFIC RIM 2 but I'm not surprised at this news.
"We're delaying sequel to a movie with a cult audience and replacing with a sequel to a flick that made major bank at the box office."

I'd like to see a PACIFIC RIM 2 but I'm not surprised at this news.
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2:42PM on 09/30/2015
Pacific Rim was a titanic proportions piece of garbage. I don't understand what the hell Guillermo Del Toro has so many fans. Why? All of his movies are disastrous financially. And he is a really mediocre director. He has imagination and is a very good monsters creator, but nothing more. His movies are boring and people donīt go to see them to the theaters, that's the fucking truth. So, deal with it, Del Toro groupies.
Pacific Rim was a titanic proportions piece of garbage. I don't understand what the hell Guillermo Del Toro has so many fans. Why? All of his movies are disastrous financially. And he is a really mediocre director. He has imagination and is a very good monsters creator, but nothing more. His movies are boring and people donīt go to see them to the theaters, that's the fucking truth. So, deal with it, Del Toro groupies.
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12:14PM on 09/30/2015
I can understand the studio's decision to go with a cheap teenie-bopper movie, over a big budget sequel to a film that didn't do as well as some may have liked. But I think it's a bit myopic.

Pacific Rim is the type of film that will undoubtedly garner at least a cult following, and will be talked about for decades and offer the studio opportunities to release multiple DVD versions over that time, double, triple, and even quintuple dipping. Pitch Perfect is the kind of film that will be
I can understand the studio's decision to go with a cheap teenie-bopper movie, over a big budget sequel to a film that didn't do as well as some may have liked. But I think it's a bit myopic.

Pacific Rim is the type of film that will undoubtedly garner at least a cult following, and will be talked about for decades and offer the studio opportunities to release multiple DVD versions over that time, double, triple, and even quintuple dipping. Pitch Perfect is the kind of film that will be forgotten within 5 minutes of walking out of the theater, and will be lucky if any copies are sold out of the $5 bargain bin.

After all, which 1960s era film is talked more about today, gets aired more, and likely sells more DVDs/merchandise; Beach Blanket Bingo, or Planet of the Apes?
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11:14AM on 09/30/2015

Dang.

I would rather not see either. Pacific Rim was terrible and Pitch Perfect is a chick flick so this changes nothing for me. And yes ladies its a chick flick.
I would rather not see either. Pacific Rim was terrible and Pitch Perfect is a chick flick so this changes nothing for me. And yes ladies its a chick flick.
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9:50AM on 09/30/2015
I won't pretend that the PITCH PERFECT movies are bad nor that PACIFIC RIM is that great. No, that's not my personal opinion; it's the worldwide consensus. That being said, this is a bad idea for the simple fact that P.R.'s story needs a sequel more. While P.P. 2 was OK, it was more of the same, and I doubt a 3rd one would be different.
I won't pretend that the PITCH PERFECT movies are bad nor that PACIFIC RIM is that great. No, that's not my personal opinion; it's the worldwide consensus. That being said, this is a bad idea for the simple fact that P.R.'s story needs a sequel more. While P.P. 2 was OK, it was more of the same, and I doubt a 3rd one would be different.
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5:27AM on 09/30/2015
Lets see what to make, a huge budget, and resource hog of a movie that will have a limited audience, have no plot, and defy all logic. Or a movie that can be made with minimal crew and budget and appeal to a huge audience. Hmmm

#DiePacificRim2
Lets see what to make, a huge budget, and resource hog of a movie that will have a limited audience, have no plot, and defy all logic. Or a movie that can be made with minimal crew and budget and appeal to a huge audience. Hmmm

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10:56PM on 09/29/2015
Good. The Pitch Perfect movies are way better, and in fact, far more successful than Pacific Rim, a movie I don't believe deserves a sequel and one I'm so tired of hearing about.
Good. The Pitch Perfect movies are way better, and in fact, far more successful than Pacific Rim, a movie I don't believe deserves a sequel and one I'm so tired of hearing about.
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11:21AM on 09/30/2015
In what universe are the Bitch Perfect movies better? The drugs you're consuming must be awesome to produce such reactions, haha.
In what universe are the Bitch Perfect movies better? The drugs you're consuming must be awesome to produce such reactions, haha.
10:41PM on 09/29/2015
Wow!! Universal literally gave us the biggest FU in cinema history by replacing it with Pitch Perfect of all movies. I guess we could at least say they replaced a Kaiju Movie with another Kaiju in the name of Rebel Wilson.
Wow!! Universal literally gave us the biggest FU in cinema history by replacing it with Pitch Perfect of all movies. I guess we could at least say they replaced a Kaiju Movie with another Kaiju in the name of Rebel Wilson.
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10:13PM on 09/29/2015

Too stupid....

Pacific Rim was close to being a really good movie (although it had some bad dialogue, a few terrible characters, and too many unexplained plot points), and a sequel could have taken a good original idea and made it into a great film. At worst it would be an entertaining film in a genre that is very underserved in today's Hollywood.

Instead we get the third installment of 30 year-olds pretending to sing in college. Swell......
Pacific Rim was close to being a really good movie (although it had some bad dialogue, a few terrible characters, and too many unexplained plot points), and a sequel could have taken a good original idea and made it into a great film. At worst it would be an entertaining film in a genre that is very underserved in today's Hollywood.

Instead we get the third installment of 30 year-olds pretending to sing in college. Swell......
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9:27PM on 09/29/2015
Oh fuck this noise. I mean I get it from a $ point, but come on.
Oh fuck this noise. I mean I get it from a $ point, but come on.
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9:25PM on 09/29/2015
Just give us Hellboy 3 already!
Just give us Hellboy 3 already!
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2:20AM on 09/30/2015
Yes. We get it.
Yes. We get it.
12:17PM on 09/30/2015
I concur. Hellboy 3 please.
I concur. Hellboy 3 please.
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